Thomas Laverty sentenced to 12 years in prison for role in using Massachusetts plumbing business as front for marijuana grow operation

A 40-year-old Clinton man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to grow more than 100 marijuana plants last year with a family business serving as the front line.

Thomas Laverty, a former employee of Chuck Laverty & Son Inc.’s plumbing business in Millbury, was sentenced Tuesday by US District Court judge Timothy Hillman to 12 years in prison and 8 years’ custody release. According to acting US attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell, a refund of $ 3,100 was imposed on him.

Last year, after a five-day trial, Laverty was convicted of conspiracy to grow the crops, conspiracy to launder money, cultivate marijuana, and possess marijuana with intent to distribute, and was later found guilty of stealing government funds.

Laverty and some co-conspirators used Chuck Laverty & Son Inc. as the front for growing marijuana. In 2017, authorities discovered $ 6 million worth of marijuana in a warehouse in Clinton.

At others, Laverty used Laverty & Son vehicles, bank accounts, and locations to facilitate the manufacture, storage, and distribution of marijuana. Each week, several workers harvested 20 plants from the commercial warehouse with the goal of producing 8-10 pounds of dried marijuana. The dried marijuana sold in bulk for about $ 2,400 a pound, federal officials said.

In connection with his work at Laverty & Son, Laverty received up to $ 5,000 per week in cash. During this period, he also received federally funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits that are needs-based and are generally limited to households whose incomes do not exceed the federal poverty line.

“Laverty misrepresented his income based on relevant records provided to the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (which administers SNAP benefits in Massachusetts), and also withheld the fact that he lived with his wife, who was also SNAP- Received benefits but used a different address than that of her actual residence, “Mendell’s office said in a statement.

Laverty’s parents were also included in the system. His father, Charles Laverty, was convicted, but the conviction and charges were dismissed after he died of cancer last year at the age of 63.

“It’s sad that Chuck had to spend the last month of his life defending this case, detained for two weeks and then died within a week of being released by a compassionate judge,” said the attorney the elder Laverty said Peter Ettenberg at the time. “He was a good man who did a lot to help many people.”

His mother, Andrea Laverty, 63, from Millbury previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to grow marijuana and laundering money. She is due to be sentenced on Wednesday.

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